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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Living Conditions

By Kristin | Jun 1, 2017

I know that many of you are wondering about the Camp Lemonnier living conditions. The most basic way to explain the housing options on base is, “Rank hath its privileges.” If you are E-3 and below, my condolences. If you are O-4 and above, you probably already know your gonna have a good time. But…

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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Reading List on Somalia

By Kristin | May 19, 2017

  The goal of this post is to give you some interesting readings and online resources before you deploy to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The readings will focus on the situation in Somalia. Our partnership with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) means that knowledge of Somalia is essential if you are going to Combined…

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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Cell Phones and Internet Access in Djibouti

By Kristin | Apr 16, 2017

  If you are deploying to Camp Lemonnier soon, you are probably wondering about the internet and cell phone service at Camp Lemonnier. I recently returned from a deployment at the end of 2016 so my information is current as of late-2016. In the last few months of my deployment, there was talk from the…

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Dorie Miller Galley

Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Dorie Miller Galley

By Kristin | Aug 31, 2016

One of the most essential items for surviving at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti is knowing when it is worthwhile to go to the Dorie Miller Galley. This will vary between each person on the camp, but I will share my own experience with dinning at the Dorie Miller Galley for the better part of a year.…

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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Daily Life

By Kristin | Aug 14, 2016

In this part of the Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide, we will talk about creating a routine for your time here. Why is this important? Because the camp/galley rules, heat, frequent walking, and work requirements mean you need to be smart and efficient to avoid making multiple trips across camp. Also, I know many people are…

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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Deployment Packing List

By Kristin | Aug 14, 2016

Congratulations! You just found out you are coming to┬áhot and dusty Camp Lemonnier. As far as deployment locations go, Camp Lemonnier is an awesome base. It can be hot, dusty, and isolated, but Djibouti is what you make of it. There are tons of opportunities to stay busy and fit. The food here is pretty…

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How to Sign Up for the Thrift Savings Plan

By Kristin | Jun 11, 2016

The smartest thing you can do when you join the military is invest in the Thrift Savings Plan. The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is the government version of a 401(k) retirement account. The Thrift Savings Plan offers both a regular retirement account and a Roth retirement account. The Thrift Savings Plan is preferred over civilian…

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Things to do at Fort Huachuca – Bisbee

By Kristin | Oct 3, 2015

  No stay at Fort Huachuca would be complete without a trip or two out to Bisbee. A former mining town, it has developed an eccentric identity of its own. The gradual closure of many of the local mines led Bisbee to move towards tourism as the basis for its economy in the latter half…

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Things to do at Fort Huachuca – Sierra Vista Area

By Kristin | Sep 19, 2015

I’m not going to lie, Sierra Vista is pretty bare on the entertainment options if you are in town for training. You are better off staying on base or venturing further out to Bisbee, Tombstone, Tucson, and other surrounding attractions. Several of these locations are bars/restaurants. If you are in training status for Fort Huachuca…

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